Her Natural History: A Celebration of Women in Natural History

 

Her Natural History
Graphic featuring illustrations by female artists in natural history. L TO R: Sarah Hoare, Poems on Conchology and Botany, (1831); Harriet Scott Morgan, Australian lepidoptera and their transformations, v. 1 (1864); Elizabeth Twining, Illustrations of the natural orders of plants with groups and descriptions, v. 2 (1868); Elizabeth Gould, The Birds of Europe, v. 1 (1837).

This Women’s History Month, we invite you to join us in celebrating women in natural history as part of an international social media campaign produced in collaboration with our partners — Her Natural History: A Celebration of Women in Natural History.

Through social media and blog posts, interactive programming and citizen science opportunities, Her Natural History aims to increase awareness of and information about women in the biodiversity sciences.

The campaign will kick-off with an all-day social media blitz on Friday, 8 March 2019 (International Women’s Day) and continue throughout the month with additional posts and programming. #HerNaturalHistory is also the #LibrariesOfInstagram challenge topic for March.

We hope you’ll join us for the social media blitz on 8 March and throughout the month by following #HerNaturalHistory on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram and using the hashtag to share stories, collections, publications, artworks, archival materials, exhibits, and other resources highlighting women and their contributions to natural history.

Explore our campaign content and programming below.

Her Natural History: A Celebration of Women in Natural History

When? 8-31 March, 2019
Where? Social Media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram)
What? Join us in celebrating women in natural history this Women’s History Month! Follow along and join the campaign using #HerNaturalHistory.

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Women in Natural History BHL Content

Book Collection: Explore publications and archival materials from women in natural history.

Flickr Collection: Explore natural history illustrations by female artists.

Coloring Book: Download our free coloring book featuring natural history illustrations by female artists.

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Social Media Feeds

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Citizen Science Opportunities

Women in Natural History Wikipedia Editing Workshop

Join us for the Women in Natural History Wikipedia Editing Workshop hosted by the Biodiversity Heritage Library and Smithsonian Libraries with support from Wikimedia DC. With the help of experienced Wikipedians, attendees will learn to edit Wikipedia and improve or create Wikipedia articles related to women in natural history, drawing on the Biodiversity Heritage Library’s free and extensive online collections as source materials. No editing experience is necessary.

Attending in person? Laptops are required. Please bring your own. Wikimedia has two laptops to loan. Reserve one by emailing info@wikimediadc.org. This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited, so register today. Lunch will be provided.

Attending remotely? There will be an option to participate in the editing workshop remotely. Register to attend remotely and stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks.

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